Guitarist Luiz Bonfa and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, who both rose o fame during the bossa nova craze of the 1960s, collaborated on the score to the gorgeous Brazilian film 'Black Orpheus.' This haunting melody was the movie's leitmotif; it threaded through the story of Orfeo and Eurydice and was heard in a variety of contexts. When English lyrics were written for it, the song became 'A Day in the Life of a Fool,' the sad, wan story of a dejected lover. And that's what Perry sings here very movingly, with chorus and orchestra and a gentle bossa nova beat.
( notes from "The Incomparable Como" Readers Digest UK compilation 1975 )
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